DHS' biggest directorate gains a CIO

Homeland Security Department undersecretary for border and transportation security Asa Hutchinson has named Charles Armstrong the directorate's first CIO. He is Customs and Border Protection's acting assistant commissioner for information and technology and CIO of the department's customs agency.

Formerly, Armstrong was executive director of the Customs Modernization Office in the Customs Service's Information and Technology Office. He has worked in IT for the Customs Service and its successor agency, CPB, since 1988.

A Customs spokeswoman said Armstrong would take over his new CIO duties in the next few days. In his current job, Armstrong has been deeply involved in the creation of CPB's Automated Customs Environment project to overhaul the nation's methods for keeping track of tariffs, duties and fees levied on imports as well as managing other trade data.

The Governmental Accountability Office recently took CPB to task for delays in rolling out segments of the $1.3 billion, 15-year ACE program. GAO forecast that the system's deployment would slip further behind schedule unless the agency changed its approach to the project. (Click for GCN story)

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